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Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Ideas to support learning at home:


  • Share a book at bedtime.
  • Make up a story together.
  • Visit the local library so they can try new books regularly.
  • When your child comes across an unfamiliar word explain to them what it means and write it on the fridge door with magnetic letters.
  • Look at the front cover of an unfamiliar book and make predictions about the text.
  • Read a range of writing such as cereal packets, signs in the supermarket, road signs, recipe books and information leaflets.
  • Write notes to your child and leave them somewhere for them to find as a surprise such as in their lunch box, coat pockets, under their pillow, near a favourite toy or on their car seat.
  • Talk about the pictures in the book.
  • Allow children to see you reading.



  • Carry out activities to strengthen pencil grip such as squishing play dough, picking up tiny objects or wind- up toys.
  • Practise mark making or writing letters in shaving foam with a fingers – encourage correct formation straight away.
  • Have lovely pieces of paper available for them to mark make when they choose.
  • Ask children to write a shopping list, birthday card, invitation, wish list e.g. Christmas or birthday, menu or labels for toy boxes.
  • If your child wants to write their name, please show them letters like this

         Jason            Shazaib



Letters and Sounds:

  • Use letter sounds NOT letter names.
  • Play eye spy.
  • Talk about what sound objects begin with.
  • Pick out certain letters in text such as cereal packets.

We will be holding a parent workshop to help give further information about how we teach Letters and Sounds, reading and writing and maths to help you support your child’s learning at home.